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JEFFERSON CITY — Gov. Mike Parson on Friday named Madeline Orling Connolly circuit judge for the 22nd Circuit, which covers the city of St. Louis, the governor's office announced in a news release.

Connolly, of St. Louis, previously worked in the St. Louis circuit attorney's office and later became an associate circuit judge, according to the release.

She earned her Juris Doctor from St. Louis University and will replace Mark H. Neill, who has retired, the release said.

Jack Suntrup covers state government and politics for the Post-Dispatch.